I caught Blue Valentine last week at the Vista Theatre here in LA. It was both incredible and brutal. A gut wrenching film of the highest order, I have no urge to see it again any time soon—sometimes art can be like that. To give you an idea of the tone, a friend eloquently summed it up as a “horror movie for those in relationships,” which I would say is about right.
The film’s sonic palette is mostly scored by the Grizzly Bear gang using previously released material, instrumentals and “In Ear Park,”—the title cut from Daniel Rossen’s latest Dept. of Eagles project. Thankfully there is some levity amongst the brooding in the form of an unexpected treat—the use of Penny & The Quarters “You And Me” culled from Numero Group’s Eccentric Soul series: the Prix Label. Hearing the track (a standout amongst the Numero compilation) in the context of the film felt like a life raft, a calm amongst the storm—or at the very least, a note from an old friend.
Dig on Penny below, and if you’ve seen the film hit us up in the comments with your thoughts/impressions.
MP3: Penny & The Quarters :: You And Me